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Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters

Catching up with Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) 15 years after their traumatic incident involving a gingerbread house where today, the siblings have evolved into vengeful bounty hunters dedicated to exterminate witches. Over the years, the siblings became expert hunters, famous for their proficiency at tracking and taking down their prey. Although still recovering from their ordeal, their work is relatively easy as for an unknown reason harmful spells and curses do not work well against them. Now, Mayor of Augsburg recruits them to rid the town and nearby forests of the evil Muriel (Famke Janssen) who is planning to sacrifice many local children at the witches` gathering during the upcoming `Blood Moon` night in two days time. To make things worse, the duo also has to deal with the brutal Sheriff Berringer (Peter Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own.

Language: English
Subtitle: Chinese
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 24 Jan 2013
Genre: Action / Comedy / Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Format: 35MM, 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D


Writer: Wilson Chong

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “Van Helsing” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

The latest adaptation of fairy tales on the big screen gives us "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters". It is one of the classic Brothers Grimm tales about two children who outsmarted a witch living in a house made out of candy.

This action fantasy horror film is directed by Tommy Wirkola, famous for his work in "Dead Snow", a 2009 Norwegian zombie comedy film. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" is filmed in 3D and viewers can expect a lot of items bouncing at them from the screen.

The story of the film is barely recognisable to those who've read the original fairy tale. The film starts out with how the tale originally is until the epilogue takes a different spin by not letting the children reunite with their father. The story branches out from that point onwards by introducing Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Artetton) as adults. The script takes great liberty in interpreting and expanding the fairy tale to fit into the action genre. Nobody could've have expected the plot twists found in the story.

So now, Hansel and Gretel grow up to become expert witch hunters, killing many of them on their way to the town of Ausburg, Germany. Many children have been kidnapped in the area by a group of witches led by Muriel (Famke Janssen). Muriel wishes to create a fire-resistant potion by sacrificing the kidnapped children during 'Blood Moon', a rare natural phenomenon. They also have to deal with a power-hungry Sheriff Berringer (Peter Stormare) who doesn't like interference from outsiders.

The actors do a great job portraying orphaned siblings who only have each other. You can really feel the bond shared by them on screen. Their chemistry extends even to their fighting scenes, which looks a lot like synchronized swimming. It was indeed a smart move to cast Gemma Arterton, a Bond Girl from the film "Quantum of Solace" and Jeremy Renner, an Avenger from the film "Marvel's The Avengers". The character Hansel feels a lot like the character Han Solo from the "Star Wars" films.

The special effects and makeup team for this film deserves a lot of praise for their workmanship. Each antagonist can truly be identified as a witch at a glance. Each of them dresses and looks distinctively ugly. The film even gave each witch their own style instead of mass-producing a particular style for every minor antagonist. Like the film "Harry Potter", each witch's wand is different from the others. It is this attention to detail which other filmmakers should emulate.

The depiction of spells and guns are incredibly realistic. The witch hunter tools apply many modern technologies despite the setting of medieval Germany. The special effects team did a great job in the action scenes when bullets come head-to-head against spells.

The intended audience for this film is strictly adults only because of the profanity, nudity and gore. The film has one brief nude scene between Hansel and Mina (Pihla Viitala) in a pool.

There is plenty of gore whenever Hansel and Gretel confronts a witch. The amount of gore on-screen is enough to traumatize any children. In conclusion, give this film a chance if you like action-packed films. The amount of bullets used in the film is too high for the film to count as a children's tale.

Cinema Online, 26 January 2013
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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